Warren Moon focusing on the bright side of Brisbane’s bad circumstances

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Brisbane Roar have one point out of three games this season. It seems bad, but coach Warren Moon’s optimism might just be the tool that his side need.

Brisbane opened their 2021/22 A-League Men season in Melbourne, where they suffered back-to-back defeats to Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory.

Coming back home, the Roar were eager to face Adelaide United in their first home game of the season on Saturday.

Adelaide were also in search for their first win of the season, as they were held to a draw twice before travelling to Brisbane.

So why did the two teams play so conservatively, ultimately leading to a goalless stalemate?

The Roar displayed glimpses of brilliance that unfortunately led to nothing.

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A few long passes seemed to break down Adelaide’s defence, and the Roar’s midfield’s ability to pounce on careless mistakes provided Brisbane with a few goal-scoring opportunities.

Despite those chances, it can be argued that Brisbane played a boring game of football against Adelaide.

The Roar’s passive style of play, with no pressure being applied to Adelaide’s defence, displayed a lack of courage and confidence from the Roar.

A draw was not a satisfactory feeling for most fans. In a game where a win was so desperately needed for Brisbane, how could you blame them?

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Conversely, Brisbane coach Moon sees only the positives from the goalless draw.

“It’s a point gained. Our performance was good and we created plenty of chances, but we also had to dig deep and hang tough and we were able to do something that we couldn’t do in the last two weeks, which was to keep a clean sheet,” Moon said.

Although Moon says he was disappointed and frustrated at the opportunities ‘gone begging’, he believes his team gave it their best amidst bad conditions.

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“I feel like these last couple of weeks, there have been conditions that were hampering us, but the boys got into some real good areas today and it is just frustrating that we couldn’t capitalise on them,” he said.

In such a crucial game, Moon’s decision to use younger Roar players received mix reactions from fans.

The youngest players Moon implemented against Adelaide were Henry Hore, Jez Lofthouse, Rahmat Akbari and Luke Ivanovic.

Moon backed his decision to give the youngsters a run-around.

“We think highly of the boys that came on today,” he said.

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“Our club is different in what we do than other clubs and we know that, and we accept that, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to be successful. We’ve got good, young, talented, Queensland players.

“We want to give more opportunity to these boys.”

In every circumstance Moon is an optimistic coach and refuses to think negatively of his team.

“We had good moments. When we had territory and possession today, we carved out opportunities, created chances,” he said.

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“Very happy with the clean sheet today. First home game, we prepared for it like any elite team would and we put on a good performance. It’s magnified because of the two previous losses, but at the end of the day, our season starts here, and we got a good result.”

It will be interesting to see whether Moon’s optimism will benefit the Roar throughout the season.

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Min-Gyu Shim
Bachelor of Journalism student at UQ, and a full time football fanatic. Covering Brisbane Roar for the 2020/21 season.

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